By The Associated Press
NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter had four hits and the New York Yankees got consecutive homers from Melky Cabrera and Robinson Cano during a six-run outburst, beating the slumping Seattle Mariners 8-2 Sunday to finish a lopsided three-game sweep.
Just called up from the minors, Darrell Rasner pitched six comfortable innings and the sweet-swinging Yankees roughed up an ineffective Carlos Silva (3-1). New York outscored the Mariners 19-4 in the series, immediately after getting swept three games at home by the Detroit Tigers.
The Yankees responded following Friday's comments from co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner, who said he was "disappointed" with the season so far.
Seattle manager John McLaren didn't get the reaction he was looking for, however, after tearing into his team during a postgame tirade Saturday. Adrian Beltre hit a two-run homer in the first inning, but the Mariners mustered little after that.
Seattle has lost a season-worst five straight, managing only nine runs during that stretch, and nine of 11 overall.
Red Sox 7, Rays 3
BOSTON (AP) -- Kevin Youkilis had four RBIs and Jon Lester pitched six innings to lift Boston over Tampa Bay, spoiling the return of Rays ace Scott Kazmir.
After being swept for the first time in franchise history by Tampa Bay last weekend, the Red Sox returned the favor and outscored the Rays in the series 26-10. None of the Tampa Bay starters in the three-game series made it out of the fourth inning.
Lester (2-2) allowed a run and four hits with three walks.
Jonathan Papelbon got the final four outs to record his ninth save in nine chances for Boston.
Kazmir was chased after allowing four runs in four innings in his season debut. He had been out since straining his elbow in February.
Twins 7, Tigers 6
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Joe Mauer capped a Minnesota rally from a six-run, first-inning deficit, slapping a two-run single up the middle in the seventh to lift the Twins past the Tigers.
A two-out error in the inning by third baseman Carlos Guillen, who let a routine groundball hit by Nick Punto roll off his glove and through his legs, set up a four-run surge and ruined a strong start by Kenny Rogers.
Zach Miner (1-2) relieved and gave up an RBI single to Carlos Gomez and an RBI double to Brendan Harris. Then Bobby Seay came in and served up Mauer's go-ahead hit.
Matt Guerrier (2-1) earned the victory with two scoreless innings in relief. Joe Nathan picked up the save, his 11th in as many attempts, with a scoreless ninth to give the Twins a sweep of this homestand of five intradivision games.
Angels 6, Orioles 5
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Gary Matthews Jr. and Torii Hunter homered in the first inning and Los Angeles beat Baltimore despite a poor outing by still-unbeaten Joe Saunders.
Saunders (6-0) threw 85 pitches over five innings in the shortest of his seven starts. The left-hander allowed four runs and a career-high 12 hits, struck out one and walked none.
Saunders became the third pitcher in Angels history to start a season 6-0 or better, joining teammate Jered Weaver (9-0 in 2006) and Aaron Sele (7-0 in 2004). Ervin Santana gets a chance to join that list on Monday night at Kansas City.
Steve Trachsel (1-4) lost his fourth straight decision, giving up six runs and seven hits in three-plus innings, the second straight start in which the right-hander failed to make it through the fourth inning.
Blue Jays 4, White Sox 3
TORONTO (AP) -- Roy Halladay won for the first time in four starts, Matt Stairs scored twice and drove in two runs and Toronto handed Chicago its season-high fifth straight loss.
Halladay (3-4) had thrown complete games in his previous four starts, but lost the last three. He lasted 7 1-3 innings in this one, giving up three runs -- one earned -- and three hits. Halladay walked none and struck out seven.
Toronto has won a season-high four straight after losing eight of nine.
Jose Contreras pitched a complete game but took the loss for Chicago, giving up four runs and six hits. He walked none and struck out five. Contreras (2-3) has not won back-to-back starts since Sept. 19, 2007.
Royals 2, Indians 0
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Gil Meche pitched seven shutout innings, a throwing error by third baseman Casey Blake broke a scoreless tie and Kansas City beat Cleveland.
Miguel Olivo added a solo homer in the ninth for the Royals, who outscored the Indians 6-2 in sweeping the two-game series. Friday night's game was rained out.
Blake's error made a loser of Aaron Laffey (0-2), who didn't allow a hit until Olivo singled with two outs in the fifth. After John Buck walked, Tony Pena Jr. hit what should have been an inning-ending grounder to Blake, who ranged to his left to field the ball. However, his throw to second was high and wide of the bag, sailing into right field and allowing Olivo to score.
Meche (2-4) gave up four hits, struck out four and didn't walk a batter. Going into the game, Meche was 2-7 with a 6.10 ERA in 13 starts against Cleveland.
Athletics 3, Rangers 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Jack Cust's two-run homer in the seventh inning helped Oakland end the Rangers' four-game winning streak.
Santiago Casilla (1-0) threw a scoreless seventh for the win, and has yet to allow a run in his 16 1-3 innings.
Rangers' starter Scott Feldman (0-1) took a three-hit shutout into the seventh inning before allowing a sun-aided double to Frank Thomas and Cust's third homer in four games.
A's starter Greg Smith gave up German Duran's first major-league home run leading off the third and then retired 12 of the final 14 hitters he faced. Smith gave up one run and three hits. He walked two and struck out a career-high 10.
The Rangers' 3-4-5 hitters combined to go 0-for-12 with 10 strikeouts.